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Local News

  • Two injured in motorcycle accident on Highway 74

    Two people were injured in a motorcycle accident that closed Highway 74 between Morrison and Idledale.

  • Independence Day parade and water fight are fun-filled traditions in Indian Hills

    The sirens blare and excitement builds.

    “I think it’s starting,” parade-goers eagerly say, straining their necks to see if the floats have started the trek.

    It’s July 4 in Indian Hills, and all the people lining the length of Parmalee Gulch Road know what’s coming: all-out war. In the small mountain community, the traditional Independence Day parade quickly morphs into a community-wide water fight.

  • JCOS developing website for information, questions

    Jeffco Open Space is developing an application that it hopes will one day serve as a one-stop shop for all land stewardship questions in the county.

    Called TerraSource, the website will serve as the umbrella under which various resources come together. Tentative plans indicate that Jeffco Open Space will divide information into five categories:

    • Water quality and conservation.

    • Invasive species management.

    • Wildlife, including habitat conservation.

  • Updated lighting, signage codes approved

    The Morrison town board on July 2 approved changes to its outdoor sign and lighting codes that the town maintains will help preserve the “eclectic feel” of its Old Town area.

    “This actually was a really great exercise for us to go through and see what’s actually happening in Old Town and take a look at the design guidelines and see where we may be able to fill in some gaps,” town planner Jennifer Woods said.

  • County briefs

    Jeffco still undecided on a ballot measure

    Jefferson County is continuing conversations with a Denver-based public affairs firm and plans to decide in the next few weeks whether it will pursue a ballot initiative in the 2019 election.

  • Crime briefs

    Preliminary hearing set for suspect accused of injuring man with ax

    A preliminary hearing has been scheduled for the 46-year-old man accused of wielding an ax and injuring a man at a campground in Pine.

  • Sheriff's Calls

    Back at the ranch …

  • Jeffco commissioners vote to place initiative on November ballot

    The Jefferson County commissioners unanimously voted to place a ballot initiative on the Nov. 5 ballot that would provide relief from Colorado’s Taxpayer Bill of Rights.

    Called “de-brucing,” the proposal would allow Jeffco to retain funding that exceeds the TABOR limit instead of returning the money to taxpayers. However, the county would still be required to go to the voters if it wanted to raise property taxes.

  • Horse healing: Through partnership with Resqranch and West Wind Stables, people can learn how to care for horses

    Jena Questen hopes to reinvent the relationship humans have with animals.

    As part of that goal, Questen, the owner of Aspen Park Veterinary Hospital in Conifer, created a program called Hike with Horses and Horses 101, both of which aim to teach people of all ages about horses. And while learning about rescue horses, participants learn more about training dogs, cats and other animals, too.

  • Jeffco leadership kicks off school year

    A new school year is fast approaching, and Jeffco Superintendent Jason Glass has charged district leadership with continuing its focus on the student experience and deeper learning. 

    “We’re keeping the main thing the main thing, and that is learning,” he said.